Where has the time gone!

I apologize for my long absence!  I didn’t think I would neglect the blog for this long!  I’m very sorry.

I had a very eventful – and busy – four days.  I’ll try to sum it up as quickly as possible.  (I know you’ve all been on the edge of your seats!)

Thursday was busy – I spent the morning in the archives at Marquette attempting to do some research for a professor (I’m a research assistant).  It was a little difficult because he told me to find everything I can about one movement.  Turns out, there is A LOT of stuff.  Currently, I’m waiting for him to get back to me on what direction he wants me to go in…. it might be awhile.  After the archives, it was off to class.  Boring.  When I got back home, I had to make some Mac and Cheese for the swim banquet.  I’ll be sure to post the recipe later this week (I’ve been asked to make the dish for Thanksgiving).

The swim banquet went well.  I got a Corey Hart Brewer jersey from the girls.  So sweet.  🙂  After the banquet – it was time for “New Moon”.  My best friend went pretty early and I got there around 8:45 or so.  I couldn’t believe there were so many people waiting in line.  It was okay – Catherine had her computer and I had some magazines – we were set.  🙂  Overall, I thought the movie was good.  A LOT better than the first one (that’s not that hard).  You could tell what audience they were playing to – a lot of “ab-porn” as my mother called it.  I will say that I’ve always been on Team Jacob, I didn’t need the cute Taylor Lautner to sway me either way.  (It did help!)

Friday was a nice opportunity to visit my grandparents.  I’ve been trying to get up there every week, but I’ve been busy the past two Fridays before last.  It was nice to see them.  I got to eat lunch with my grandmother which gave me an opportunity to find out how she was doing.  We made some yummy cranberry bars and just had a nice time.  I really hate ALS.

I had to rush home and head to swim practice.  I was worried that after I made my choice I would regret it – and I’m sure I will have those feelings for awhile.  But, Friday’s practice helped me realize that I did make the right choice.  I was *helping* the new coach – I was usually put in charge on days like that.  (The other coaches were at a swim meet)  Oh well.  🙂

The rest of Friday was busy.  We needed to drop the pup off at the in-laws, had Five Guys for dinner and met up with my parents to see “Blind Side”.  I loved the movie.  It was so good.  🙂

Saturday, Dan and I were off to St. Paul to visit my sisters.  We started the day with a McDonald’s breakfast.  I know, I know.  Not the best choice.  But, we only get McDonald’s when we travel.  It’s kind of like a little treat for us.  It is a 4.5 hour drive.  We went straight to the Uptowner Cafe in St. Paul (my sisters had a study abroad meeting).  It was a cute little place – a place we love going.  It isn’t big, the cook is right in front of you, and they serve breakfast all day.  I had breakfast – again.  Two poached eggs, hash browns and whole wheat toast.   I can eat breakfast at any time in the day.  🙂

After lunch, I was finally able to go to the Minnesota History Center.  I had heard only good things about the historical society and museum and it did not disappoint.  It wasn’t at the level of the Smithsonian, but it was the best state historical society museum/center/library that I’ve seen.  (I haven’t seen many, mind you)  The Greatest Generation exhibit was very cool.  I would take a job there.  🙂

We stopped at the Mall of America before heading to my sisters’ dorm.  My sister had made us a delicious dinner – slow cooker chicken (the recipe called for turkey) with BBQ sauce, bacon and avocado.  It was very yummy and pretty healthy!


Chicken Wraps


Here’s the link to the recipe: Slow cooker turkey, bacon and avocado wraps.  It sounds like it was pretty easy.  It sure was tasty!

After dinner, we visited my sisters’ friend Georgia.  Such a sweet lady.  🙂  And, following our visit, we headed to a local place Cafe Latte.  You should see their desserts!  They are to-die-for!  I chose the Tres Leches cake.


Photo From Cafe Latte's Website

I had never had it before and I’ve always wanted to try it.  It was delicious – I’ll definitely get it again.  Or, maybe I’ll try their Turtle Cake.  I just noticed that they put the recipe online…  Hmmm…. it might have to be an experiment.  🙂

We returned to the dorm with our desserts in hand.  (We couldn’t find a seat!)  We watched “The Ugly Truth” and went to bed.  I had a long few days so I fell asleep right away.  🙂

Breakfast was Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancakes.  The hubby and I picked them up so we could try them – but the batches made a lot of pancakes.  I can’t be trusted around a lot of pancakes.  🙂  We thought we could bring them up and share with my sisters and their friends.


The hubs is a professional pancake maker.


We were right, they made a lot of pancakes!  And, they were delicious.

TJ's Comes Through Again!

A mix between pancakes and pumpkin bread. Not overly pumpkin-y.  I think I’ll try to make my own pumpkin pancakes but with pumpkin puree.  We’ll see!

After breakfast we got to visit The Container Store.  I love that place and we don’t have one around here.  I could do a lot of damage there.  We took a trip to the husband’s favorite store – Patagoina – and stopped to get a smoothie from the Tea Leaf.  After that, it was time to say goodbye.  😦

We stopped at Subway on the way home for dinner.  It was a good choice – especially considering the other places we could have stopped.  We had to stop and pick up the pup and we were on our way home.

It was an awesome weekend – but a busy one.  Time to get focused and work on my homework.  I have a lot to do in the next few weeks.  But, the good news is that I will be done with class in about two weeks and I’ll be done with everything in about three.  (Of course, I have the last exam slot for my political science test)

Must. Be. Productive.  🙂


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